Clinical Professor

Deborah Ward is a clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. As the first faculty member recruited to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in September 2008, Ward brings a passion for healthy systems and healthy people. Her teaching interests include health politics and policy, discussion-based and active learning, interprofessional education and cultural inclusiveness.

Ward served as associate dean for academics for the School of Nursing from 2009 to 2015, where she played a critical role in the development of its graduate degree programs, led by the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group. She worked diligently to connect the new school with the Davis campus as well as the larger communities it serves.

Ward received her doctorate in Health Policy from Boston University in 1988 and a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University School of Nursing in 1977. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Oberlin College in 1968.

Ward secured grant funding for a variety of research and educational projects and is widely published, both in the United States and overseas, including Health Affairs and Nursing Outlook.

Ward has received numerous awards and honors, including the Rheba de Tornyay Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching from the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she was an associate professor. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Yale University School of Nursing and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2010, she received the UC Davis School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was most recently honored with UC Davis' James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award.

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